Boys in the Wilderness

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Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154207 Boys in the Wilderness 2 PS Di 10:15 – 11:45 R. 3.205 Lenz

Course Description

In one of Madonna’s songs, she claims ”I made it through the wilderness/ Somehow I made it through/ Didn’t know how lost I was”. Whereas she is actualyl talking about love and the loss of (her) virginity, the same notion of coming out of the wilderness changed is a motif which can be found in novels from the turn of the 20th century in Britain.
This seminar will discuss texts in which a boy has to come (in)to his own by being outside the confinements of the home, without a set of parents to guide him. He will encounter friends, foes and animals, and will come out a man – or will he? We will look at how masculinity is constructed in these texts, what it means to be a child and what notions of wilderness are depicted.


The requirements to pass this course are a presentation and two short essays.

Required Reading

These texts have to be obtained for this course:

  • J.M.Barrie: Peter Pan: Peter and Wendy and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (Penguin Classics, ISBN: 978-0142437933)
  • R.L.Stevenson: Treasure Island (Penguin Classics, ISBN 978-0140437683)


Lehramtsstudiengänge: MA BML 2005:
LPO 2003:
  • GHR: 1e
  • GyGe: 1e
  • SP1. Fach: 1e
  • SP2. Fach:
  • BK: 1e
LPO 1994/2000:
  • B3, E1
LABG 2009:
  • G: 601
  • HRG: 403
  • GyGe/BK: 403
  • SP:
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/

Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:

  • B.A.ALK: Kern 1c, 2abc, 4a, Komp 1b
  • B.A.AS: Komp 2a
  • M.A.ALK:
  • M.A.AS: